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The Skeleton Key (2005)



Critic Consensus: Thanks to its creaky and formulaic script, The Skeleton Key is more mumbo-jumbo than hoodoo and more dull than scary.

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Movie Info

Caroline, a hospice worker, is hired to tend the very old and dying Ben Devereaux. Devereaux lives in a huge Louisiana mansion, where he's watched over by his wife, Violet. Caroline soon discovers that a pair of century-old spirits haunts the mansion. The spirits are evil and are manipulating the living to fit their desires, and Caroline herself is at the center of one of their sinister schemes.more
Rating: PG-13 (for violence, disturbing images, some partial nudity and thematic material)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Ehren Kruger
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 15, 2005
Box Office: $47.7M
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Kate Hudson
as Caroline Ellis
Gena Rowlands
as Violet Devereaux
John Hurt
as Ben Devereaux
Maxine Barnett
as Mama Cynthia
Marion Zinser
as Bayou Woman
Deneen Tyler
as Desk Nurse
Trula M. Marcus
as Nurse Trula
Tonya Staten
as Nurse Audrey
Tom Uskali
as Robertson Thorpe
Jen Apgar
as Madeleine Thorpe
Forrest Landis
as Martin Thorpe
Jamie Lee Redmon
as Grace Thorpe
Ronald McCall
as Papa Justify
Isaach De Bankolé
as Creole Gas Station O...
Christa Thorne
as Creole Mother
Lakrishi Kindred
as Frail Customer
Mark Krasnoff
as Pickup Driver
as Luke's Secretary
Susannah Thorarinsso...
as Waitress in Bar
Bill H. McKenzie
as Mr. Talcott
Joe Chrest
as Paramedic
Tiffany Helland
as Party Guest
Brian Ruppert
as Party Guest
Philip Frazier
as Rebirth Brass Band
Derek Shezbie
as Rebirth Brass Band
Glen Andrews
as Rebirth Brass Band
Stafford Agee
as Rebirth Brass Band
Keith Frazier
as Rebirth Brass Band
Derrick Tabb
as Rebirth Brass Band
Shamar Allen
as Rebirth Brass Band
Byron Bernard
as Rebirth Brass Band
Herbert Stevens
as Rebirth Brass Band
George Harper
as Jazz Band
Howard McCary
as Jazz Band
Kevin O'Neal
as Jazz Band
Ryan Porter
as Jazz Band
Ryan Regalado
as Jazz Band
Nolan Shaheed
as Jazz Band
Dustin Fleetwood
as Third Infantry Band ...
Roderick Harrison
as Third Infantry Band ...
Torrey McKinley
as Third Infantry Band ...
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News & Interviews for The Skeleton Key

Critic Reviews for The Skeleton Key

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (41)

A genuinely creepy offering in a world filled with contrived bland dramas posing as thrillers.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

The only real mystery ... is what is this great ensemble cast doing in such a poorly executed movie?

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Eye for Film

The voodoo lore is sketchy (it can't hurt unbelievers, except when it can), the plot obviously little but build-up to the big reveal.

Full Review… | October 31, 2007

Reinvigorates the supernatural thriller genre with a much needed infusion of new ideas and just plain nasty, digital-free mischief.

Full Review… | March 31, 2007
Long Island Press

A paint-by-numbers supernatural thriller that's more interesting for its locations than for its story.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Pretty much what you would expect from the screenwriter of disappointing films such as Scream 3, Reindeer Games and Arlington Road.

October 11, 2006
Christianity Today

Audience Reviews for The Skeleton Key

Creepy movie with some nice twists.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

If someone likes occult stuff, this is a right thing, there is a tiny bit of everything.
Skeleton Key is one of the greatest Mystery/Occult Movies I think.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer


Scary movie. I spent most of the movie trying to figure out who the bad guy was and how was it going to end? It didn't end the way I figured it would.

Pretty bad. I watched this movie again five years later, and it still did not end the way I figured it would (I had forgotten that I had seen the movie already)

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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